What to do with your furniture?

By location: Cleveland, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, London, Lothian, Monmouthshire, National, Sussex, West Midlands, Yorkshire.

The Furniture Reuse Network - The FRN is the only umbrella organisation for around 300 furniture recycling projects throughout the UK. Unwanted furniture is donated by the general public, collected free of charge by local projects and sold on to people on low-incomes.

FRN member projects limit their supply to people in need through a system of referral from welfare agencies. It is the intention of the FRN to distinguish itself from second hand dealers and other charity shops that sell to the general public, including dealers on a regular basis.

Here is the FRN Directory.


Unlike many other recycled materials that face a problem of not having an end market, furniture recycling charities are attempting to satisfy a massive demand for furniture from people on very low incomes. Many FRN members report that demand exceeds supply by up to 50%. FRN estimates that charitable furniture projects redistribute over £13 million items of furniture every year.

48-54 West Street
St Philips

Email: info@frn.org.uk
Tel: 0117 954 3571
Fax: 0117 954 3570


Other organisations

British Heart Foundation is looking for good furniture.
Address: 26 Newport Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5AE
Phone: 01642 227 402

The BHF is also a national organisation and has shops through out the country. Visit the BHF website to find your nearest shop.

ELVON Recycling Project - want all of your unwanted household furniture, white goods and bric-a-brac.
Address: 82 High Steet, Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland, EH33 2ER
Phone: (01875) 615891
Fax: 01875 615423
Email: Recyclingfirst@btinternet.com

The West Kent YMCA Trading Company will take cupboards, desks, display units, beds, sofas, welsh dressers and any type of furniture that has a fire saftey label. They sell the furniture at a nominal cost to the public and funds raised go to YMCA Projects.
Ryder House, 1-23 Belgrave Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2BP
Phone: 01892 615612
Email: pc.wizard@tiscali.co.uk

Emmaus - All types of furniture, white goods, bedding, clothing, bric a brac, garden equipment and other household goods. There are 15 Emmaus Shops in England + Scotland. Click here to find your nearest shop.

Currently there are shops in Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Colchester, Coventry, Glasgow, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Nailsworth, Greenwich, Leeds, Ashton-under-Lyme, St. Albans, Dover and Carlton (Beds).

HomeMakers Community Recycling - Furniture, White Goods, Electrical Items, Office Equipment & Computer Equipment.
Address: HomeMakers Community Recycling, St Michaels Rd, Abergavenny
Tel: 01873 857618
Web: www.hmcrecycling.co.uk

Ladywood Furniture Project - We are a charity, we collect throughout Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and Solihull, we collect FREE OF CHARGE from households and business all free standing items of furniture and appliances which we distribute to individuals and families that are in need. We undertake house and business clearance but there is a charge for this service. Our customer helpline are there to make your bookings between 9 and 3 daily.
Address: 48 Eyre Street, Birmingham B18 7AA
Phone: 0121 455 7133
Fax: 0121 4557616
Email: conorbarry@btconnect.com
Web: www.ladywoodfurnitureproject.org

STAAR Furniture - collect suites, chairs, tables, cupboards, wardrobes, sideboards, beds - no electrical/white goods, and all upholstered furniture must be fire tagged.
Address: 172 Chervil Rise, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, WV10 0HR
Tel: 01902 572 037
Fax: 01902 553 916
Email: staar@stuarthomfray.co.uk

St George's House Furniture Project - we collect household items particularly three piece suites, beds (both with appropriate fire retardent labels) tables, wardrobes and any other items that can help to establish, maintain and support a home/tenancy. We do not accept electrical items for health and safety reasons. We re-distribute the donations to vulnerable individuals/families within the community. These include a local womens refuge, ex-homeless people, asylum seekers/refugees, ex-offendors and single parents. Our premises are accessable to disabled clients and we reflect the diverse community we serve.
Unit 104, Upper Villiers Street, Blakenhall, Wolverhampton
Tel: 01902 714746
Email: stgeorgesfp@hotmail.com

Wesley Community Furniture Project
"We accept donations of all household items that can be reused (but cannot accept pre-1988 Fire Regulation foam covered furniture or gas cookers. Please bring to our shops or PHONE our Transport Office to arrange collection (during shop hours 9.30-3.30pm Mon-Fri)."
56/58 Lloyd Street South, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 7HT
Phone: 0161 226 9051
Fax: 0161 232 0631
Email: info@thewesley.org.uk

St Ann's Hospice - "we collect furniture, white goods, electrical goods, clothes, books, bric-a-brac and audio/visual media."

St Ann's Road North, Heald Green, Stockport, SK8 3SZ Tel: 0161 445 7990
Email: alord@sah.org.uk
Web: www.sah.org.uk

The Work-Link Project accept household furniture in good condition and fire retartant as necessary and electrical appliances including fridges freezers and electrical and gas cookers from the Hinckley and Bosworth.

adaption4action - Adaption and recycling of old,broken or unwanted furniture into beautiful furniture.
Address: 62A Tideswell Rd, Eastbourne, East Sussex
Phone: 01323 732302 Email:

Green-Works - is a not-for-profit social enterprise that bridges the gap between organisations that have redundant office equipment and schools, charities, community groups and start-up businesses that need it. Up until now large quantities of used and second-hand office furniture have been inaccessible to the third sector.

Green-Works supplies this quality office furniture at discounted prices, and at low cost can deliver to recipient organisations. Our range of furniture changes constantly and we have everything from desks and filing cabinets to conference tables and chairs, from pedestals to coat-stands and even stationery.
2nd Floor, Downstream, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG
Phone: 0845 230 2231
Email: info@green-works.co.uk
Web: www.green-works.co.uk

Lighthouse Furniture Project - Furniture exchange
"We are lookimg for furniture and white goods. Please contact us if you can help".
Unit 27 Tallon Road, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 1TE
T: 01277 222050

The WHCVS Furniture Scheme
We are a charitable organisation supplying good quality second hand furniture to those in need and the community.

We accept all kinds of household items from white goods to babies furniture. We also follow strict guide lines to make sure the furniture collected conform with regulations so our clients receive safe furniture. Please visit our website for further details.
Phone: 01707 395635
Email: whcvsfurniturescheme@hotmail.com
Web: www.whcvsfs.org.uk

Windhill Community Furniture Store
The project started in 1988, by a group of volunteers, in response to the increasing number of local people approaching Windhill Community Centre, who were in need of furniture and on a low income. We therefore established our own Furniture Store so that we were more able to meet some of their needs. This was supported by the Association through the allocation of Community Development Worker time and administration support from the Centre.
7, Cragg Road
West Yorkshire
BD18 2JR

Email: windhillfurniture@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: 01274 593196